Emergency Closure Procedures for Severe Weather Conditions
The following procedure will be followed in the event of an emergency or particularly harsh weather conditions. It is important to acknowledge that as it is normally impossible to make a decision to close a school in anticipation of an emergency, the ultimate decision rests solely with the Headteacher and will depend on the circumstances prevalent at the time.
The decision to close the school due to adverse weather is never easy and can, I appreciate, lead to frustration and inconvenience. This is especially true when you live locally and are able to walk with your child into school.
The decision to close the school largely rests on the ability to safely get sufficient teachers into school before 8:00am. Please be aware that the vast majority of teaching staff do not live in the surrounding area and have to depend upon roads being clear enough to allow safe passage in the early morning.
In the event that I feel I cannot open the school, the decision to close the school will be shared will you in the following ways and as quickly as possible:
The school website.
- Message on the school answer service.
Essex emergency school closure page.
If your child travels by bus the school will, in the event of a closure, inform the company.
If I am able to open the school, please be aware that all staff may not be present and nor would we expect all the children from surrounding areas to necessarily be able to make their way into school safely. I would also like everyone to know that if the occasion arises, school registration would stay open until 10:00am to enable you to slowly and safely make your way into school and prevent potentially dangerous congestion outside the school in icy conditions.
On snowy days, the children will need wellies/boots and suitable outdoor clothes to enable them to go out and play on the field. If they are not prepared, including a change of shoes, they will be unable to go outside.